About this blog
Infrastructure has in the 2010s become a hot topic in the United Kingdom. People are starting to form views about it, but it’s fiendishly complex and ignorance – in the public, politics and the media – is rife. This is a blog about the financing of public infrastructure (including PFI and other types of public-private partnerships) and about some of the public policy and political issues. I promise to write about stuff only when I think I know what I’m talking about. It will mainly focus on the UK but will go abroad where possible.
My name’s René Lavanchy. I used to be senior reporter for transport and telecoms at Infrastructure Journal. Before that, I was a staff reporter at Tribune magazine and wrote a different blog. My work has been published in Total Politics, The Guardian online and Private Eye magazine amongst others.